2 Timothy 3:3
Typically calloused and without affection; unforgiving, displaying the characteristics of an accusing diabolical mindset, they are without self-control; savage and cynical! (Mirror Bible)
Is your influence in the earth negative or a positive?
Because you are human, you look at things from a natural standpoint. You live in a world where everything goes; there are open and encouraged displays of unnatural affection; people are cynical and diabolical by design. It appears, according to the news and in the natural, that the liars and the cheaters are successful in their duplicitousness.
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. (NKJV)
One of the greatest tools you can add to your arsenal is the ability to see in the natural, but understand by the “Spirit”. It is discernment.
Philippians 1:9-10 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, (NKJV)
The Father desires for you to submit your understanding to Him and allow Him to give you revelation. If you are willing, you can reap both spiritual and natural blessings. Often understanding is not what you want because of what you see and what you go through. Sometimes you feel hurt and anger. If you are not careful, you can become cynical as well. Then you will be suspicious of everything and everyone, and you see life negatively. But God is faithful. He has intervened in your life and in His timing, and He will continue to do so if you stay the course.
2 Timothy 2:3-5 Take with me your share of hardship [passing through the difficulties which you are called to endure], like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No soldier in active service gets entangled in the [ordinary business] affairs of civilian life; [he avoids them] so that he may please the one who enlisted him to serve. (AMP)
To “go through” and still allow God to “flow through,” can be tough, but this is a part of the warfare. The enemy’s desire is for you to respond the way he does, giving tit-for-tat.
Luke 6:32-36 32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. 33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. 34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. 36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. (KJV)
To show love when love is not given and show concern with no concern is displayed, is God’s way. That is what you have to do. How you respond determines the influence you will have.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I want to submit myself to you for revelation and understanding in the midst of tough times. Thank You for giving me opportunity after opportunity to see wrong and live what is right. I no longer feel I am privileged and should not have to endure hardness. I want to be a good soldier. I want to see Your hand at work in every situation. The enemy makes it seem like those who are out for themselves are victorious. Your word says to fret not because of those who are evil nor be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. I want to live a life that says I trust in You and have my life be an influence for good, pointing the world to You…